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Sofia (Nasa 747SP) Testflight Highres Pics  
User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11585 posts, RR: 9
Posted (6 years 5 months 20 hours ago) and read 5847 times:

Some stunning highres pictures of the first December testflights of NASA/DASA SOFIA with telescope installed and open door:


First scientific flights are scheduled for the last months of 2010.

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User currently offlinePellegrine From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined Mar 2007, 2737 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 5290 times:

Thanks for the link NA,

Interesting pictures. I didn't know this conversion involved fuselage widening and a sliding internal door....very trick of them...

Good that they saved another classic 747SP airplane too.

oh boy!!!
User currently offline413x3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 5177 times:

I wonder what that open door does to aerodynamics. Very interesting thanks for the link

User currently offlineSw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6543 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 5175 times:

I have had the chance to see this bad boy at Dryden a few times and talk to some of the engineers. The engineering is amazing and it's a beauty to see. NASA really bought a dog of a plane (not the model but the exact a/c, it was used and abused in its life as a commercial a/c) and did some great work to make it an airborne telescope. A fun a/c
to follow!

User currently offlineSejowa From United States of America, joined May 2006, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4556 times:

Thank you NA for bringing this to our attention! Fascinating, and I echo the commentaries above.

Come to think of it, this could be straight out of a James Bond flick!  Silly

User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2169 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4530 times:

Great pictures, thanks for sharing. On a bit of a sidenote I like that in picture 76 you can see an SR-71 right above the cockpit of the 747 (and an F-104, A-7, F-8).  Smile

Here Here for Severe Clear!
User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 15713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4446 times:

Very interesting indeed. However I found when I googled for more images of Sofia, I got a very different set:  Smile


Inspiration, move me brightly!
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